Thelma Teitelbaum Memorial Suzuki Students and Teachers Scholarship Fund: Funded in memory of Thelma Teitelbaum, a Suzuki violin teacher, performer, and life-long music maker whose zest for life and dedication to education spanned over 100 years. The generous donor has offered seed money to get the program rolling and gauge interest and commitment from the donor community. For every dollar that is contributed before the end of the year the Teitelbaum scholarship fund will match your donation up to $3,000.00. So your $50 donation will turn into a $100 donation automatically! This is something completely new that will help complete the circle of Suzuki teachers and students, and ensure that no child seeking Suzuki training is left behind.


“After I attended a seminar featuring Shinichi Suzuki, I became so intrigued with his unique method of violin instruction that I adopted it. I soon built my own following of forty children, three years old and up, who learned the violin alongside their parents, a requirement of the Suzuki method. These were the most productive and rewarding years of my life.” -Thelma Teitelbaum in 2015 (five years before her passing at 100 years old)

Colorado Institute of Music Endowment: We are excited to announce the formation of the CIM Endowment which aims to build a donor fund that will spin off profits year after year to support our mission and core values. Your gift to the CIM Endowment means that your donation will ensure financial support for CIM not just once but year after year as the Endowment fund grows. The fund will follow a conservative investment strategy so that the endowment fund will grow and eventually create an ongoing, steady stream of support for our mission and core values. For every dollar that is contributed to the CIM Endowment before the end of the year we have an anonymous donor who will match your donations up to $5000. So your $100 donation will turn into a $200 donation automatically! Following the philosophy of  Shinichi Suzuki, violinist, educator, and humanitarian, we believe that any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.  Our goal is not simply to develop professional musicians, but to nurture loving human beings and help develop each child’s character through the study of music. Your tax deductible gift to the CIM Foundation ensures that, as the Foundation grows, your gift will not only help this year but for years to come.

The Colorado Institute of Music has a long term goal of making our Institute available to any child who wishes to attend regardless of their family’s financial constraints. Admittedly, this is a lofty goal but we believe it is possible to reach this goal within the next 7 years. Please contribute if you can towards this goal. Each year we turn away many dedicated students because we cannot offer them financial assistance. They need our help. Your gift can help us assist more deserving young musicians. Colorado Suzuki Institute operates under a qualified 501c3 non profit named the Colorado Institute of Music.

Colorado Institute of Music General Fund:  Your contribution directly fuels the institute’s mission to foster a vibrant music community by providing accessible music education to children of all ages and backgrounds. By donating, you help sustain and expand the diverse range of available classes, including master classes, workshops, and ensemble opportunities. Additionally, donating to the general fund helps the organization afford the contiued use of the facilties in Beaver Creek, purchase essential instruments and equipment, and attract skilled instructors, ultimately enhancing the overall quality of education and musical experiences. By investing in the Colorado Institute of Music, you become an integral part of nurturing artistic expression, enriching lives, and contributing to the cultural fabric of the community. Even a small donation can make a big difference in a child’s musical life.

The Colorado Suzuki Institute also accepts gifts in honor or memory of its alumni, past parents, grandparents and friends.  When you make a tax-deductible memorial or tribute gift, we’ll send a note to the family of the person being honored or memorialized.  It’s a thoughtful way to let someone know you’re thinking about them. If you would like to set up a Memorial Fund or Tribute Fund please contact Mark and Leah Biesterfeld directly at or call (303) 476-4330 ext. #3.

You can now support Colorado Institute of Music with cryptocurrency!

Put some of that Bitcoin, Ehthereum, Litecoin, or Cardano to work and help young musicians learn and grow!   


Three ways to support us during the week of the Institute!

1) Silent Auction -Read the Daily Note newsletter for a full listing of items on the Silent Auction. Donations for the regular Silent Auction are for any tangible items such as CDs, books, jewelry, hand knitted mittens, etc. When filling out your donation form, please make sure to include a brief description of the item and list the value to help us determine the minimum bid amount. Silent Auction Form

2) Silent Auction Express -Donations for the Silent Auction Express are one-on-one experiences our faculty and staff donate that take place DURING the Institute. Donations are either Suzuki oriented or sharing a special non-musical skill. The key ingredient in these offerings is the special time spent with a teacher or staff member!  Silent Auction Express Form

Examples of Silent Auction Express Auction Items

  • 20-minute practice consultation
  • 30-minute hike
  • Dinner with a student and their family
  • 30-minute Yoga or Stretching session, a knitting lesson, etc.
  • Other special talents faculty would like to share!


3) T-shirts! -All proceeds from sales at the CSI T-shirt booth go directly into the scholarship fund. Please support this fund!

  • 100% Cotton
  • Shirt Color: sapphire blue
  • Silk-screened design

Win daily prizes in the “Find Suzuki at Beaver Creek” contest.  Search the shirt to find the hidden words for answers to music trivia.  In order to win you must own a CSI shirt. Grand Prize is $500 in ‘Suzuki Bucks’ applicable towards the next year’s CSI Institute tuition.  One grand prize is awarded in each session.  Proceeds support the scholarship fund for students and teachers. We will sen out an order form to to purchase t-shirts for the Institute about 2 weeks prior to the start of the Institute.



Donate your used instrument and help spread the Suzuki method worldwide!

Donate your used instruments, cases, bows, CD, music, strings, shoulder rests, and other musical items for use by music students in the US and other countries who need assistance.

Contact us at and the Colorado Institute of Music, a 501(c) 3 organization, will provide you with a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.  Bring your no-longer-used musical items with you when you come to CSI.

If you prefer to ship your donation, please package it carefully and send to:
Colorado Institute of Music /Attn: Mark Biesterfeld
2985 Ward Court
Wheat Ridge, CO 80215

Suzuki teachers will distribute your contributions to the children of the world! With your assistance, we will spread the joy of music worldwide.